Diane Seuss’s brilliant follow-up to Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.Still life with stack of bills phone cord cig butt and freezer-burned DreamsicleStill life with Easter Bunny twenty caged minks and rusty meat grinderStill life with whiskey wooden leg two potpies and a dead parakeetStill life with pork rinds pickled peppers and the Book of RevelationStill life with feeding tube oxygen half-eaten raspberry Zinger...
Details Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
|Title||Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl|
|Release Date||May 1st, 2018|
Reviews Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
- Seuss, in STILL LIFE WITH TWO DEAD PEACOCKS AND A GIRL, dares to attempt the reconciliation of the quotidian and the sublime. That endeavor means the collection is inherently courageous; the fact that it succeeds at such a feat makes it a revelatory one. In ambitious, music-driven lines, Seuss calls forth a mosaic of arts and an array of familiar characters (some better known than others: here you’ll find Emily Dickinson, Heimbach’s Woman Loo...
- STILL LIFE WITH TWO DEAD PEACOCKS AND A GIRL is the memento mori of twenty-first century America, “like greeters at Walmart who are there to remind us that we, too, / will be greeters at Walmart.” Diane Seuss takes us by the hand and leads us through the paintings of Dürer and Pollock and Gijsbrechts, at which point we land squarely in a working class America peopled with characters that are “nostalgic / for a past that never happened.” ...
- Seuss' poetry is compelling to say the least. "Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl" isn't just about ekphrasis, although there is quite a bit of it in the collection. Seuss certainly takes bits and pieces from art history, and from still lives in particular, to rearrange the pieces and construct entirely new tableaux, but she also isn't afraid to start from scratch and build something entirely new, to turn real life scenes into paintings...
- These poems are dense the way a child's summer's day is dense—bittersweet and infinite, full of discovery and loss. Truly a wonderful collection.